Why green hosting?Websites have carbon footprints too
Green (eco-friendly) hosting
The truth is, our insatiable desire for everything digital and our business needs to be ever so visible online does come at a cost. The millions of servers and data centres around the world all use energy which are fuelling our dependency on fossil fuels and increasing manufacturing in ways never seen before – in short having a website and a Facebook page is contributing to global warming.
You cannot control much of where the energy used to produce your products and services comes from – you can however choose renewable energy to power your website.
Why you should switch to website servers run on renewable energy
- By 2020 the website hosting industry will be producing more environmental pollution than the airline industry – let that one sink in – the biggest reason to go green!
- A web server produces more C02 annually than a car – let that one sink in too… 🙂
- Combined data centres energy usage uses more energy than multiple nuclear plants – and that is just in the U.S.A.
- Most data centres are pulling energy directly from the electricity grid which is mostly powered by fossil fuels.
- Using 100% renewable energy to host your website will promote your brand reputation – projecting your green credentials will say a lot about your organisation.
- You will sleep better at night 😉
The choice is yours – if you are about to commission a website or would consider moving your existing website, we hope that you go the green route and choose a provider who can supply 100% renewable energy run website servers. If you choose to work with us, we will of course take care of that for you as standard!
We have provided a list to two green hosting providers on our ethical suppliers page, one in South Africa and another in the UK.
"We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe."Elon Musk
Nearly every action performed on the Internet has the cost of a resultant carbon emission: making a Google search emits .2g of CO2, watching a YouTube video for only 10 minutes emits 1g of CO2, and simply owning a Gmail account for a year emits 1200g of CO2.
Unfortunately the inner workings of all the data connections taking place each time we click are hidden from view and it’s difficult to truly comprehend the magnitude of scale when it comes to energy usage, technological production, electronic disposal and all that goes along with it – to quote Al Gore, it really is an inconvenient truth ;( Some scary reading below:
- TIME: Your Data Is Dirty: The Carbon Price of Cloud Computing
- The Guardian: How viral cat videos are warming the planet
- The environmental impacts of server hosts
- It isn’t just the servers one need to consider, it’s all the peripheral requirements of packaging, maintenance, and disposal etc. You can read on article on 8 Ways Data Center Environmental Impact Goes Beyond Emissions
- The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge